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Zdnet [2011-01-11] – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground last week on what promises to be one of front lines in America’s defense against cyber attack, Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center. A few details about the construction site:
Indeed, Google did it again. Yes, I am talking about Google’s Revenue in 2010 which was $29.3 billion including $8.44 billion just in the forth quarter of 2010. This is 23.8% increase in revenue compare to 2009. I am amazed, in 2010 IBM has made less than Google, $29 billion. Good numbers. right? The numbers were announced a couple of days ago by Google.
In addition, Google has also announced plans of restructuring the chain of command “to streamline decision making and create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability at the top of the company.”
Larry Page, a co-founder of Google to step into CEO position on April 4.
Google announced that Larry Page would take over as chief executive, succeeding Eric Schmidt, the company’s CEO since 2001.
We all know that Google has been struggling in some areas, especially in social networking. Facebook rival has been a most real thread to Google during the past couple of years. The lack of competitive Google product development in these areas might be a main reason changes were made.
Sometimes changes are good and I hope Larry will be full of energy to bring Google a piece of a social networking pie.
Very good move by Facebook to develop apps for dumb phones. Who would imagine that about 80% of phones are not smart phones?
Most of the dumb phones are used in Russia, China, India and Latin America.
The Facebook blog says “We want people to have a great mobile experience no matter what type of phone they carry. Smartphones have offered better features for sharing with friends but aren’t used by most people around the world.
Today, we’re launching a new mobile app to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world. The Facebook for Feature Phones app works on more than 2,500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and other manufacturers, and it was built in close cooperation withSnaptu. The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates.”
As we all know Lotusphere 2011 opens in a few days and IBM has already published a list of companies which will exhibit at Lotusphere 2011 Product Showcase.
Ken Moore, who had been recently a general manager od the SharePoint Workspace product at Microsoft, accepted a VP position at Oracle in December. He will be relocating to California.
Prior taking a position at Microsoft, Ken worked at DEC, Progress Software, IBM and Iris Associates.
More joined Microsoft at the time Microsoft acquired Ozzie’s Groove. Ozzie also worked with Moore at Iris, a place that founded Lotus Notes platform.
Prnewswire.com [2011-01-11] – IBM announced today that multiple hospitals throughout Russia have switched from paper-based medical systems to a new solution from IBM and Complex Medical Information Systems (C-MIS) to provide fast electronic medical record exchange and unified access to many types of healthcare data, allowing doctors and medical staff to share information and access tests and lab results instantly to improve decision making.
Russians after considering IBM, Oracle and Microsoft platforms have chosen IBM Lotus Domino. “We selected Lotus Domino because it is a multiplatform solution and it can be implemented with various operating systems to ensure flexibility in addressing the IT challenges faced by medical institutions.” said CEO of Complex Medical Information Systems.
IBM Lotus Notes/Domino is still popular in Russia as many banks, and other financial institutions favorite IBM technology over Microsoft. The move by Russians to adapt IBM technology may play well with recently announced plan by Mr. Putin to move Russian government agencies off the proprietary software over to the free open source. Lotus Notes and Domino platform runs on various Linux operating systems.
Tampa is a Gulf Coast Bay city in the U.S. state of Florida. It serves as the county seat for Hillsborough County. Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida. The population of Tampa in 2000 was 303,447. According to the 2009 estimates, the city’s population had grown to 343,890, making it the 54th largest city in the United States.
The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by various indigenous cultures, most recently the Tocobaga. It was spotted by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century, but there were no permanent American or European settlements in the area until 1824, when the US Army established a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke at the site of today’s Tampa Convention Center. The village of Tampa began as a small group of pioneers who settled near the fort for protection from the Seminole population in the area.
Today, Tampa is a part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. For U.S. Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida MSA. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The Greater Tampa Bay area has just over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. The Tampa Bay Partnership and U.S. Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million people mark on April 1, 2007.
Tampa has a number of sports teams, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball, and the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies in North American Soccer League (2010).
In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes. A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaper Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “twenty-somethings”. Tampa is ranked as a “high sufficiency” world city by Loughborough University and is one category away from becoming a Gamma world city. According to Loughborough, Tampa now ranks alongside other world cities such as Phoenix, Cologne, and Osaka. In recent years Tampa has seen a notable upsurge in high-market demand from consumers, signaling more wealth concentrated in the area. Tampa will host the 2012 Republican National Convention.
This article was started as an article about a history of Lotus Notes and then I realized that it’s better to be renamed to “Very Brief History…”.
I have been working with Notes since version 2.0 and find Notes as one of the best corroboration products ever invented.
A lack of productive marketing and advertising on a part of the current manufacturer of Notes/Domino brought Notes technology to the current state when Notes/Domino licenses are slowly but surly being replaced by MS Outlook/Exchange/Sharepoint and Google (I still can’t even remotely imagine how Notes can be replaced by Google though).
I hope that IBM will wake up and make all of us, Lotus Notes enthusiasts proud very soon.
Lotus Notes has a history spanning more than 20 years. Its chief inspiration was PLATO Notes, created by David
Woolley at the University of Illinois in 1973. In today’s terminology, PLATO Notes was a message board, and it was part of the foundation for an online community which thrived for more than 20 years on the PLATO system. Ray Ozzie worked with PLATO while attending the University of Illinois in the 1970s. When PC network technology began to emerge, Ozzie made a deal with Mitch Kapor, the founder ofLotus Development Corporation, that resulted in the formation of Iris Associates in 1984 to develop products that would combine the capabilities of PCs with the collaborative tools pioneered in PLATO. The agreement put control of product development under Ozzie and Iris, and sales and marketing under Lotus.
The first release of Lotus Notes 1.0 was shipped in 1989. According to IBM, 35,000 licenses were sold. At that time Notes ran on DOS3.1 or OS/2. the first version of Notes already had well know by now Notes features such as ACL, DocLinks, and encryption.
Fastforwarding to May 1993 when Lotus Notes R3.0 was released. By that time
according to IBM, 2,000 companies and about 5000,000 used Lotus Notes. Release 3.0 brought a few more well known Notes features such as full-text search, background and selective replication, hierarchical names, forms, views and filters (then called Macros and then Agents). Photo credit: IBM
In 1994, after the release and marketplace success of Notes R3, Lotus purchased Iris.
In June 1995 IBM purchased Lotus. “Last week’s final agreement between IBM and Lotus followed eight days of negotiations after an initial iBM offer of $3.3 billion. IBM’s sweetening of the deal was expected. Unexpected was IBM’s decision to allow Lotus CEO Jim Manzi to stay on in charge of Lotus employees.”
When Lotus Notes was initially released, the name “Notes” referred to both the client and server components. In 1996, Lotus released an HTTP server add-on for the Notes 4 server called “Domino”. This add-on allowed Notes documents to be rendered as web pages in real time. Later that year, the Domino web server was integrated into release 4.5 of the core Notes server and the entire server program was re-branded, taking on the name “Domino”. Only the client program officially retained the “Lotus Notes” name, however end users are generally unaware of this differentiation, so even though more than ten years have passed since the re-branding, references to the “Lotus Notes Server” are still fairly common.
1999 IBM released version 5 of Lotus Notes in 1999. R5 was available on Win NT, Win 95, Win 98, OS/2, Netware and Unix.
Release 6.0 was released in October 2002. This release was significantly improved Domino server scalability and UI of the Note client and iNotes. A couple of corporate client I am supporting currently is still using Notes 6.5.
Release 7 was shipped in August 2005 and the major new feature was DB2-enabled databases which for some reason I have seen being used once.
Notes and Domino Release 8 was built on the Eclipse platform and was released in August 2007. Besides the Eclipse base, new release brought amazing UI improvement in Notes Email and Calendaring, integration with Lotus Symphony, and further Domino server improvements. New design features included xPages and Webservices.
The newest released of Notes and Domino 8.5.2 was available in August 2010. This is a state of the art of Lotus Notes and Domino technology. This Notes release is available for a trial download from the IBM site. According to IBM, R8.5.3 is targeted for release earlier 2011 and will have only a few incremental improvements.
Currently the Notes client runs on Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. The Domino server runs on Windows, various Linux, AIX and I5/OS platforms.
The next major release of notes and Domino is using IBM Project Vulcan as blueprint, according to Ed Brill’s blog. I hope to descover more about future R9 release at Lotusphere 2011.